i should be mopping the floor: Waterfall Dresser Chalk Paint Tutorial

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Waterfall Dresser Chalk Paint Tutorial

This Waterfall Dresser and Chalk Paint Tutorial is a fun one, y'all!
I'm affectionately calling this...my Goodwill score of a lifetime

Waterfall Dresser Makeover with Chalk Paint Waxing Tutorial | This art deco piece went from super shabby to fabby with a few special touches. See the entire makeover and waxing tutorial.
This waterfall dresser has a fun layered wax technique on top of its bright yellow chalk paint. It makes it kind of aged...but not overly aged as most of my chalk paint projects seem to be (I just love old stuff, y'all). Check out the entire tutorial below.



Waterfall Dresser Makeover with Chalk Paint Waxing Tutorial | This art deco piece went from super shabby to fabby with a few special touches. See the entire makeover and waxing tutorial.
Today's post is a part of our monthly Thrifty Style Team fun.
At the end of the post, be sure to check out my friends' projects, too.


Waterfall Dresser Makeover with Chalk Paint Waxing Tutorial | This art deco piece went from super shabby to fabby with a few special touches. See the entire makeover and waxing tutorial.
So, here's why it was the Goodwill find of a lifetime. This thing was $25. 
Twenty five dollars, y'all. I mean, this is a classic art-deco piece. I was elated. Elated.
Granted...it was also in very rough shape. And it was veneer. I hate veneer. 
I don't hate the look of veneer. But I loathe working with it in this capacity. 
Chalk paint to the rescue. It covers a multitude of sins.


Waterfall Dresser Makeover with Chalk Paint Waxing Tutorial | This art deco piece went from super shabby to fabby with a few special touches. See the entire makeover and waxing tutorial.
Here's the second reason it was the find of a lifetime: we went into Goodwill for a dresser. How often does it all work out just right like that? This is my son and me in the GW parking lot after we loaded this beast into my car. A) we were just thrilled it fit, and B) we had just scored a $25 waterfall dresser! This piece was for his room, so he thought it was pretty nifty that it all worked out, too.


Waterfall Dresser Makeover with Chalk Paint Waxing Tutorial | This art deco piece went from super shabby to fabby with a few special touches. See the entire makeover and waxing tutorial.
I'm really happy with the finish on it. I would have never chosen yellow, but its new recipient really wanted yellow. I think it turned out great. I did want to soften the yellow, so I used the two-step wax method I outlined below for you.


Waterfall Dresser Makeover with Chalk Paint Waxing Tutorial | This art deco piece went from super shabby to fabby with a few special touches. See the entire makeover and waxing tutorial.
I'm going to skip the actual painting part since it's very basic.
Here's the gist of it, though: I filled in any scrapes and scratches with wood filler. I sanded the filling down to create a nice, level surface. I painted the entire piece with two coats of Annie Sloan's English Yellow Chalk Paint. Bada Bing. Bada Boom.


Waterfall Dresser Makeover with Chalk Paint Waxing Tutorial | This art deco piece went from super shabby to fabby with a few special touches. See the entire makeover and waxing tutorial.
I used my sander to rough up the edges only.


Waterfall Dresser Makeover with Chalk Paint Waxing Tutorial | This art deco piece went from super shabby to fabby with a few special touches. See the entire makeover and waxing tutorial.
It's hard for me to just sand edges, y'all. 
I wanted to rough up even more, but I restrained myself. 
My son didn't want it to look too old.


Waterfall Dresser Makeover with Chalk Paint Waxing Tutorial | This art deco piece went from super shabby to fabby with a few special touches. See the entire makeover and waxing tutorial.
And here's our fun wax technique! For this finish, you'll need both natural and dark waxes. I do prefer Annie Sloan and Minwax for these. After sanding, be sure to wipe your piece down with tack cloth.
Start by using a quarter-sized amount of natural wax. Use a t-shirt-like cloth to apply the wax to the piece in small areas in a circular motion, (I work in about six-inch sections). The natural wax just slightly deepens the color.

Waterfall Dresser Makeover with Chalk Paint Waxing Tutorial | This art deco piece went from super shabby to fabby with a few special touches. See the entire makeover and waxing tutorial.
After you've applied the natural wax, use a wax brush for the dark wax. Grab a wax brush here on Amazon. I just "dob" my brush in my can of wax and only pick up a tiny bit of it. Then I apply it to my piece (again in six-inch sections). This is just the start of application. I go over it with the brush about a dozen times until all of the wax is worked into the piece. I concentrate the wax heavier on edges and very lightly in the middle areas.
It's a very simple process, but it's a nice one. The wax also acts as a protective coating.


Waterfall Dresser Makeover with Chalk Paint Waxing Tutorial | This art deco piece went from super shabby to fabby with a few special touches. See the entire makeover and waxing tutorial.
We finished it off with new hardware.
I had wanted to salvage some of the original, but it didn't look great with the yellow.


Waterfall Dresser Makeover with Chalk Paint Waxing Tutorial | This art deco piece went from super shabby to fabby with a few special touches. See the entire makeover and waxing tutorial.
After it's all said and done...I spent a lot more on the paint than the piece!
Really happy with how this came out. 
Whatcha' think?


Waterfall Dresser Makeover with Chalk Paint Waxing Tutorial | This art deco piece went from super shabby to fabby with a few special touches. See the entire makeover and waxing tutorial.
Check out all of the other awesome thrifty ideas from my friends below>>>


Waterfall Dresser Makeover with Chalk Paint Waxing Tutorial | This art deco piece went from super shabby to fabby with a few special touches. See the entire makeover and waxing tutorial.









6 comments:

  1. This turned out so pretty, Kristi! I love yellow anything and you truly turned this veneer piece into a ray of sunshine. I have an old waterfall dresser that was given to me when I was a teenager. Right now it is in my sunroom and has been for years. I have considered painting it many times but could never quite figure out what color, etc., but this yellow and the way you aged it have inspired me. :) I'm so happy to be partying with you as part of the TS team. hugs, mb

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  2. It looks great! I've never used the dark wax, but always so tempted to try!! And the hardware you took off is a double score! Hopefully you can use them on something else in the future... LOVE the drawer pulls!

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  3. WOW! Kristi-this dresser is so beautiful!! Perfect color choice. I love the photo of you guys in the car!! We are teaching the kiddos a lot by thrifting, that is for sure! ~ Julie

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  4. It looks amazing! I love the color and the hardware you chose. And I can't believe you actually found a dresser at the thrift store when you were specifically looking for one - that never happens! So lucky.

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  5. I'm a huge yellow fan so this really caught my attention! It's perfect and I love your thorough tutorial plus excellent pictures.

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  6. Love it! So cool that you went to GW with your son to find a dresser for him and it worked out! My daughter has a chifferobe, dresser and modified vanity in the waterfall veneer. It was my grandparents' set and my grandpap took the vanity shelf and mirror off, then put the two sides of the vanity to make a bed side table when they downsized from house to apartment; several years ago). My daughter wanted it all kept original color, much to my disappointment. So that's her furniture in her room. Yay for art-deco!

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